Simple Things (Carole King album)

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Simple Things
Studio album by Carole King
Released July 1977
Genre Pop/Rock
Length 40:45
Label Avatar / Capitol
Producer Carole King, Norm Kinney
Carole King chronology
Thoroughbred
(1976)
Simple Things
(1977)
Welcome Home
(1978)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars [1]
Robert Christgau (C-) [2]

Simple Things is an album by American singer-songwriter Carole King, released in 1977. It is her first album on the Avatar / Capitol label.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Carole King, except as noted below.

Side one
  1. "Simple Things" (King, Rick Evers) – 2:41
  2. "Hold On" (King, Evers) – 4:37
  3. "In the Name of Love" – 3:04
  4. "Labyrinth" – 4:03
  5. "You're the One Who Knows" – 5:05
Side two
  1. "Hard Rock Cafe" – 3:44
  2. "Time Alone" – 2:37
  3. "God Only Knows" – 6:19
  4. "To Know That I Love You" (King, Evers) – 3:31
  5. "One" – 5:04

Personnel[edit]

  • Carole King - synthesizer, guitar, piano, vocals, background vocals
  • Rick Evers – guitar
  • Robert McEntee - guitar, keyboards, background vocals
  • Michael Rivera - percussion
  • Rob Galloway - bass
  • Mark Hallman - guitar, keyboards, background vocals
  • Michael Wooten - drums
  • Louise Goffin - background vocals
  • Sherry Goffin - background vocals
  • Nolan Smith – trumpet, flugelhorn
  • Maurice Spears – bass trombone
  • Terry Harrington – baritone saxophone
  • Oscar Brashear – trumpet, flugelhorn
  • Ernie Watts – tenor saxophone
  • George Bohanon – trombone, horn arrangement
  • Robert Dubow - violin
  • Charles Veal – violin
  • Ken Yerke – violin
  • David Campbell – viola
  • Dennis Karmazyn – cello

Production notes

  • Produced by Carole King and Norm Kinney
  • Engineered by Norm Kinney and Milt Calice
  • Steve Katz – assistant engineer
  • James Tuttle – sound assistance
  • Bernie Grundman – mastering
  • Roy Reynolds – illustrations and photography
  • Rick Evers – label design
  • Terry Kruger – label art
  • Roy Kohara and Roy Reynolds – art direction

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification
United States (RIAA)[6] Gold

References[edit]

  1. ^ William, Ruhlmann. Simple Things (Carole King album) at AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-02-07.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Consumer Guide: Carole King: Simple Things". Retrieved 2012-02-07. 
  3. ^ a b Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 
  4. ^ Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 2011-02-02
  5. ^ Allmusic - Carole King > Simple Things > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums
  6. ^ "American album certifications – Carole King – Simple Things". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 2012-02-07.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH

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